上一年其中一位參展人盧小朵與唐心兒協會的小朋友合作,那是一次新嘗試,剛巧她的新工作是接觸特殊人士,在澳門至友協會工作,並且與她們配對朋友,使接觸的層面更大能融入社會。上年從加拿大回來在牛房教暑假興趣班的導師梁慕貞(Bonnie)有教特殊兒童的經驗,我們便計劃今年以教特殊兒童藝術為其中一部份,並把她們的作品與其她小朋友一起展出,場內不會特別標籤,但會寫上每位小朋友的名字及年齡,想了很多個題目名下,定了「齊齊展」這個名稱,因為小朋友是主角這次宣傳設計的字及畫都是來參加工作坊小朋友畫的,其中Bonnie在加拿大教時有小朋友畫了自畫像,畫了自己的手,我覺得他們就是主角,就叫了其它班的小朋友都畫自畫像,寓意大家不分你我一起做展覽。

無論什麼人都會有自己獨特的地方,藝術就是要找到自己特別之處,一般人生活在一個有制度的社會裡,往往給大人及社會的機制吞食,令到自己的想法及獨有的東西埋沒了,藝術就是要找回那個我們心裡最原始的點。然而特殊小孩,她們就是有特殊的偏好及能力,她們不能全面吸收社會上的給予及所有,而藉著與她們用繪畫用傾談的方式相處,可以協助她們畫平日不會畫的東西,以自身的特性再去發掘更多,我們看到特殊小朋友畫的東西,都會比較有個性,是因為她們不會受到外界影響,可以立即畫出想到的作品,可是她們也不懂去接觸更多的不同,所有藝術及生活上的種種,只有你明白更多接觸更多,然後再綜合去做著自己的東西,才可以更好地與社會接軌,藝術的神奇之處是人人天生都有,我們可以藉著藝術的接觸令到人視野層面更廣,從而改善到她們與外界接觸更容易,更接納事情,甚至能理解道理。而同時也想藉著展覽把大家融合在一起,唯有在沒有分界之中,使一般人更容易地接觸到特殊人士,明白我們之間只是有一點分別,然而人與人之間本來就有分別,只是特殊人士不懂掩飾,她們會直接表達情緒,唯有共處更多,才能改善大家的隔膜。

Bonnie分別以一對一及小組去教小朋友,並以特殊小朋友為主,有單對單的相處,也要有群體相處的認知,深入的了解到小朋友的個性及缺失,先用畫紙以試探發挖方式引導,集合聚多小朋友的作品以不同的畫框裝裱展出,來展現大家都是與別不同的意思。然後再引發每個人獨有的風格,在白色書本上畫畫,這些沒有封面的書,打開是一顆顆小朋友內心的獨白。小朋友畫的東西或不夠完整,可局部看都會很吸引,Bonnie把他們的作品造成錄像,以放大數十倍的視覺去看,觀感是完全不一樣,我們能見到更多細微的色彩及線條。還有試驗活潑式的牆畫及立體作品。

這次展覽的另一特色是今年作品差不多都是小朋友的,除了小朵以一對一的朋友之間合作畫形式,是青少年及成人對象外,就儘管來一次新的嘗試,用小朋友的作品來做展覽。有以點點做主題的「點畫都得」工作坊由黄肖萍老師教導,以小張的紙到大紙,由普通畫紙、宣紙到透明膠,教小朋友用最簡單但又可以無限延伸的點,開幕時還會與觀眾互動,大家一齊在此空間貼大小不同的圓點。有以布繪來做媒材由郝元春老師教的「布繪不一樣」,這次阿春老師第一次教3-6歲的小朋友,給她們超大的自由度,用手用脚用生活上的東西做拓印,然後她再把小朋友的作品縫合成更大塊的布,造成帳蓬、咕𠱸、牆畫及地毯,營造出一個野外森林中露營的感覺,小時候大家也一定用過棉布來搭過帳蓬,造一個屬於自己的私密空間。

楊冠瑩老師這一次由參展者轉做老師,奉出她的第一次,並且辦了三個課程,「翻開奇妙世界」以立體書、拼貼、繪畫等方式創作,並組裝成書。「我的小王國」用廢棄的物品作材料,造出形形種種奇怪的物件,這兩部份的工作坊會展示在同一個空間,造出一個舒服、奇幻及有趣的空間,給小朋友休息、閱讀及玩耍。最後一個與魯彌士家長會合作的二個小時工作坊,並分別與12及29位2-7歲小朋友一起試探色彩,用水槍噴牆,用鹽灑在色彩上,用蠟隱藏在顏色裡,小朋友直接及大膽的作品,老師再造成書以便觀眾可以一頁頁翻閱更多,能更近距離去看色彩的變化。

今年邀請了「吱喳兒童藝術工作室」來一起參與兒童展,平面設計出身的梁研慧老師同時投身於兒童藝術教育自由工作者,她把不同班別的小朋友結合在一個空間裡,以城市及身邊的事為題材,作品由地下的樹,中間的車,到頂上的透明膠,造成一個想像的奇異世界。還有牛房定期舉辦由林月娥老師教的兒童藝術工作坊「畫出你的故事」,透過各種方法,以講故事引導學生畫畫。也與特殊奧運會以試驗的形式合作一個以小朋友及青少年為對象的工作坊。

這次集合多元的方式去呈現小朋友的東西,想表現出更多的可能性,在明年的兒童展也會延續這個概念,期望參與的小朋友明年再一起合作,一起進步。

施援程
策展人

 

前  言

Preface 

Last year, Dora Lou, one of the featured artists, tried a new approach with children from Macau Down Syndrome Association. She happened to have a new job in special care at Best Buddies Macau, where she pairs with buddies with special needs and helps them expand social interaction and better integrate into society. Bonnie Leung, our summer course tutor, also taught kids with special needs when she lived in Canada. So we decided to jointly exhibit art works by ‘special kids’ and other children without identifying which is which, just putting down each kid’s name and age and the title “Jolly Joint Exhibition” was finally chosen after a lot of pondering. Children are the main artists in the workshops and exhibition, in which they paint and design the promotional text and images. When Bonnie was teaching in Canada some kids painted a self-portrait of their own hands, and that made me think that kids have the leading roles here. That’s why we’ve asked all the other kids to paint self-portraits, meaning everybody is exhibiting their works happily together.

 

Everybody is special in his/her own way and Art is the medium to discover your own uniqueness. We live in a society that easily corrupts and suppresses purity and originality, but we strive to rediscover them through art. However ‘special kids’ have special preferences and abilities to maintain their own self because they just can’t adapt to every social rule. While teaching painting, we coached them to draw something they usually don’t and then they start discovering more through their special abilities. As they don’t know how to fully interact with different things in art and life, these kids tend to live in their own world and draw whatever they want, thus showing more originality in their works. But one can better integrate into the society by knowing the importance of learning and internalizing it. Art is a magical seed that lies dormant in everyone and therefore we can always widen our horizons through it and we can help the special kids to better interact with the outside world, learn and understanding new things by introducing them to art. Meanwhile, through this exhibition we also tried to bring people together, allowing common people to better understand special groups in a non-segregated environment, thus realizing how slight differences can be. However, within the special group everyone is different expressing themselves rather candidly and better integration only comes with more interaction.

 

Bonnie used both group and one-on-one classes with a focus on special kids, providing them with one-on-one interaction as well as cognition through group activity. Meanwhile the tutor will be able to greatly understand each individual’s personality and weak points. Bonnie first provided paper to tentatively guide and teach the kids to paint. Later she framed and exhibited the children’s works to show everybody’s uniqueness. And then she guided the kids to discover their own style and draw on these white books without cover, in which they painted out their candid monologue. The paintings by kids are not comprehensive but details can be revealing. Bonnie created a video of their works by looking at details that were much enlarged and through this perspective we see more delicate colours and lines, a completely different feel. Besides paintings on paper, the children also experiment the free creation of wall painting and 3D installations. 

 

This year we hope to try something new by featuring mostly kids’ work, in addition to the cooperating creation by teenagers and adults guided by Dora. We have the “Paint Freely” workshop guided by Veronique Wong, in which kids will paint the most basic yet infinite dots on normal papers, rice paper and scotch tape of various sizes. In the opening ceremony, audiences also interact with the kids to paste many different dots in the exhibition space. Then we have the “All that materials” painting workshop guided by Yolanda Kog, who works with children aged 3-6 years old and let them do rubbing freely using hands, feet and daily objects. Then she sews these painted fabrics into some bigger cloths to make tents, cushions, wall paintings and carpets, creating a feeling of forest camping. As a common children’s game, everybody may have built once their private tent. 

 

Former exhibitor Summer Ieong Kun Ieng becomes a tutor for the first time and is hosting three courses. “Opening a magic world” is a workshop where kids will create and compile their own books using pop-up books, collages and painting. “My little kingdom” will utilize discarded material to create various interesting objects. Both workshops will be set in the same space, building a comfortable, fantastic and fun environment for children to relax, read and play. Last but not least is a 2-hour workshop in cooperation with Kindergarten D. José da Costa Nunes – Parent Club, in which 12 and 29 kids aged 2-7 will explore the world of colour together. They spray paints on the wall, sprinkle salt and hide wax in the paints. In the end the tutor compiles the children’s direct and bold creations into books for audiences to closely see and appreciate the colour variations page by page.

 

We invited “Ji-Ja Art Workshop” to join us in this exhibition. Tutor Vanessa Leong studied graphic design in college and currently works freelance as a children art educator. She gathers kids from different age groups in one place, using the city itself and daily life as their theme and creating a magical world of imagination with paintings of trees, cars or even scotch tape. We also have our regular workshop “Paint your story” guided by Lam Ut Ngo, in which she uses various methods to prompt kids to paint by telling them stories. Besides, there’s an experimental workshop with Macau Special Olympics for children and teenagers. 

 

We try to present more possibilities by displaying kid’s creation in diverse ways. We’ll continue to explore this concept in next year’s exhibition. Let’s improve together, inviting participants to join us again next year.

 

Curator

Cora Si Wun Cheng

2015 牛房兒童藝術樂園
Ox Warehouse Children’s Artland 2015

 

齊齊展

Jolly Joint Exhibition

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